Young people meeting at train station are drinking alcohol, setting off fireworks and smashing windows
Groups of young people are meeting at Dronfield train station drinking alcohol, committing anti-social behaviour, setting off fireworks and smashing windows.
British Transport Police have been working closely with Northern and The Friends of Dronfield station for some time now to address the problem.
CCTV has been installed at the station and the transport police have been undertaking extra patrols with Northern Safer Patrol officers.
They’ve also spoken to a number of young people and visited or sent letters home to their parents and they have also been into the local school to reinforce the message about the dangers of the railway and to tell pupils not to go to the station unless they are catching a train.
The transport police are now urging parents to speak to their children too, to reinforce the message.
PC Stephen Slocombe said: “It’s vital we have parents on board with this message.
“We don’t want to have to knock at their door and give them the news that their son or daughter won’t be coming home.
“When we have spoken to parents, in many instances they have had no idea that their children are hanging around at the station.
“This is why it’s so important for them to talk to their children to check where they are and what they are doing and discuss the dangers of straying too close to the railways and the consequences of hanging around there”.